• It will be mostly sunny today, with a high temperature near 67 degrees and a northwest wind 7 to 13 miles per hour. We’re expecting rain overnight, with a low around 52. We’re expecting rain Thursday, mostly early, with a high near 67. Friday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 72.
• The plan to close the East Hampton Airport today and reopen with new restrictions in place tomorrow at 9 a.m. has been delayed until at least May 26, after a New York State Supreme Court Justice issued a temporary restraining order blocking the closure, with a hearing on whether to grant a preliminary injunction to prevent the closure scheduled for May 26. We’ll have more details as they become available.
• The Riverhead Town Board holds several public hearings at its 6 p.m. meeting this evening, including one on fair and reasonable sewer rents, on a proposed two-story restaurant at 38 East Main Street, and on parking restrictions on Sound Avenue and Cliff Road East. Here’s more info about the public hearings, and the meeting can be attended in person or viewed live here.
• New York State is currently facing a blood shortage emergency, and the Southold High School and Mattituck Fire Department are hosting blood drives today to help replenish the blood needed for emergencies. The Southold blood drive will be held from 7:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. and appointments can be made here. The Mattituck blood drive will be held from 1 to 7 p.m., and appointments can be made here.
• Suffolk County reported 612 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday, May 16, with 10 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 212 hospitalized people who had the virus — 49 percent of them were hospitalized due to Covid-19, and 10 were in ICU. The county reported two new fatalities from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 4,410 people since March of 2020.
• The Peter Matthiessen Center is hosting a reading and discussion celebrating the life and work of Peter Matthiessen, who would be turning 95, this Sunday, May 22 at 4 p.m. at the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum. Peter’s widow, Maria, and children, Luke, Rue and Alex, will lead a program that’s a unique opportunity to learn about one of the great writers of our time, with stories told from those who knew him best, and about plans for the Peter Matthiessen Center. RSVPs are essential, to email@example.com.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:19 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 11:27 a.m., 11:46 p.m.
Greenport: 12:19 a.m., 12:56 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 1:17 a.m., 1:57 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 12:14 a.m., 12:51 p.m.
New Suffolk: 1:41 a.m., 2:18 p.m.
South Jamesport: 1:48 a.m., 2:25 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 11:30 a.m., 11:51 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 9:39 a.m., 10 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:38 a.m., 1:15 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 12:23 p.m.
Greenport: 1:15 a.m., 1:52 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 2:10 a.m., 2:51 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 1:10 a.m., 1:47 p.m.
New Suffolk: 2:37 a.m., 3:14 p.m.
South Jamesport: 2:44 a.m., 3:21 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:30 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 10:39 a.m., 11 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.